Course Contents

Course Code and Title: SOS 629-Changing Meanings of and the Culture of Consumption

Course Type: Elective
Course Length: One semester
Pre-requisite(s): None
Medium of Instruction: Turkish
Course Credits: 3 0 3
ECTS Credits: 7
Lecturer: Dr. Gülay Arıkan
Course Contents: Discussion of the consumption culture or mass culture; sociological analysis of consumtion with its impacts on daily life; the meaning of consumption together with its novice senses. 
Course Objectives:
At the end of the semester the students will be able to

  • Account for novice meanings of consumption in a transition period from self-contained society to the one based on aggreement;
  • Compare and comprehend the views of Marx, Weber, Simmel, Veblen and Marcuse, Bourdieu, Baudrillard on consumption.
  • Comment on social and cultural features of consumption, consumption society, shopping malls as a place for socialization, consumption and alienation, fashion, trade marks, media, advertising and marketing.

Teaching Method: Lectures with intense student participation, research by students, assignments
Assessment Method: Two research report prepared by students
Recommended Reading    
BOCOCK, Robert. (1999) Tüketim, Ankara, Dost Kitabevi.
BAUDRILLARD, Jean. (1997) Tüketim Toplumu, İstanbul, Ayrıntı Yayınları.
CORRIGAN, Peter. (1997) The Sociology of Consumption, London, Sega Publication.
FEATHERSTONE, Mike. (1996) Postmodernizm ve Tüketim Kültürü, (Çev: Mehmet Küçük), İstanbul, Ayrıntı Yayınları.
FIRAT, Fuat. (1998) Consuming People, Consumer Research and Policy Series, Routledge.
ODABAŞI, Yavuz. (1999) Tüketim Kültürü: Yetinen Toplumun Tüketim Toplumuna Dönüşümü, İstanbul, Sistem Yayıncılık

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